October 29, 2009 | 1:39
Remember the outcry in the 1980s when Ted Turner first decided to colorize classic black-and-white films?
"Criminal mutilation," director Woody Allen called it.
I feel the same way about the new colored versions of George Nelson's iconic Bubble lamps.
Available exclusively from Room & Board, the colored pendants come in three styles: large Criss-Cross Saucer pendant ($435), Propeller pendant ($365) and medium Criss-Cross Cigar pendant ($359). Normally sold in white only, the lamps now come in "mist," a muted blue-green, and a yellowish "ivory" hue that may give the lamp a vintage look to some. (I think: too much cigarette smoke.)
The colors give the lamps a darkness that detracts from the original soft and airy feel. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the midcentury classic as it was originally designed in 1947: in white. What do you think?
-- Lisa Boone
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